AAC Clyde Space — Gathering momentum into 2023

AAC Clyde Space (OMX: AAC)

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AAC Clyde Space — Gathering momentum into 2023

AAC Clyde Space’s Q322 report showed improved momentum but also the deferral of project milestones into FY23 from FY22 as some satellite launches are delayed. We expect the positive momentum to continue in Q422, albeit at a lower level than envisaged at the half year. Growth should accelerate as AAC moves towards its FY24 targets. We feel that not only should the more positive cash flows and earnings performances appear more realisable, but we also expect risk to diminish as the software services element of the model grows.

Andy Chambers

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Andy Chambers

Director, Industrials

Industrials

AAC Clyde Space

Gathering momentum into 2023

Q322 results

Aerospace and defence

29 November 2022

Price

SEK1.41

Market cap

SEK289m

SEK10.39/$1, SEK12.56/£1

Adjusted net cash (SEKm) at 30 Sept 2022
(excluding leases of SEK12.1m)

25.0

Shares in issue

204.8m

Free float

87%

Code

AAC

Primary exchange

Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market

Secondary exchange

OTCQX

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

5.6

(7.3)

(57.3)

Rel (local)

(1.2)

(11.0)

(47.7)

52-week high/low

SEK3.35

SEK1.22

Business description

Headquartered in Sweden, AAC Clyde Space is a world leader in nanosatellite end-to-end solutions, subsystems, platforms, services and components, including supply to third parties. It has production and development operations in Sweden, Scotland, the Netherlands and the United States, as well as a start-up in Africa.

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FY22 results

23 February 2022

Analyst

Andy Chambers

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

AAC Clyde Space is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

AAC Clyde Space’s Q322 report showed improved momentum but also the deferral of project milestones into FY23 from FY22 as some satellite launches are delayed. We expect the positive momentum to continue in Q422, albeit at a lower level than envisaged at the half year. Growth should accelerate as AAC moves towards its FY24 targets. We feel that not only should the more positive cash flows and earnings performances appear more realisable, but we also expect risk to diminish as the software services element of the model grows.

Year end

Revenue (SEKm)

PBT*
(SEKm)

EPS*
(SEK)

DPS
(SEK)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/20

98.4

(26.7)

(0.26)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/21

180.0

(27.0)

(0.14)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/22e

214.1

(24.9)

(0.12)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/23e

356.7

4.9

0.02

0.0

70.5

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Launch deferrals constrain FY22 performance

While some of the supply chain issues that have dogged AAC’s FY22 performance may be starting to ease, some launch deferrals are shifting revenue recognition milestones into FY23. Revenues grew by 36% in Q322, increasing momentum compared to the constrained H122 performance, although the Space Missions segment remains subdued. Several important deliveries and launches are apparent in Q422 and management expects to recognise some SEK75m of revenues from the backlog during the period. However, the FY22 management expectation is now for net sales of SEK210m, representing a c SEK30m reduction on the half year level, with increased losses and adverse cash effects. We have cut our FY22 sales estimate by 12% to SEK214m, with slightly increased loss estimates.

Growing momentum into FY23

More positively, the launch deferrals should be recoverable in early FY23 boosting Space Missions’ net sales, albeit the delays to commissioning may have a knock-on effect on higher-margin Space Data as a Service (SDaaS) revenues. Strong Space Products order intake in Q322 has improved the period-end backlog by almost 5% to SEK419m which, together with an increasing number of self-owned satellite launches next year, should drive strong growth in both Space Missions and SDaaS sales with a beneficial effect on cash flow. We have reduced our FY23 group net sales expectations by 4% and more than halved our PBT estimate to SEK4.9m.

Valuation: Closing on profitable metrics

As we start to consider growth to the FY24e SEK500m revenues plan, the more traditional sales and earnings growth valuation metrics should start to be more appropriate. We feel those could start to underpin longer-term confidence in our cash-based valuation, which currently returns a value of SEK7.2 per share. A single-digit P/E multiple for FY24e seems likely if management can deliver. That would be undemanding given subsequent growth implied to meet the 2030 targets.

Q322 results

In Q322, AAC Clyde Space saw an acceleration in net sales growth to 36% at SEK45.7m (Q321 SEK33.7m) compared to 8% in H122. Net sales included SEK3.8m of royalty payments from York Space of the US to AAC Clyde Space for its avionics technologies. Excluding licence and royalty income, net sales grew by 25%.

Growth continued to be constrained by the industry-wide supply chain disruption to deferred project completions and deliveries, although this now seems to be easing. All of the business, except for the small African activity, made full contributions during Q322 and Q321 so comparisons are more direct. Omnisys (consolidated from 1 May 2021) saw Q322 net sales growth of 2% to SEK9.6m (Q321: SEK9.4m). Hyperion sales rose modestly to SEK2.8m (Q321: SEK2.0m), while SpaceQuest generated SEK8.1m (Q321: SEK5.3m) of net sales, with healthy improvements in both SDAAS and Space Products revenues. Clyde Space in Glasgow continued to experience delays in Space Missions projects but net sales were more stable than in H122 at SEK12.0m (Q321: SEK11.6m). AAC Clyde Space in Sweden improved net sales by 54% to SEK8.3m (Q321 SEK5.4m) before the royalty payment as deliveries of its power and avionics products increased.

Exhibit 1: AAC Clyde Space 9M22 results summary

SEKm

9M21

9M22

Change

AAC

25.2

31.9

27%

Clyde

43.1

37.2

(14%)

Hyperion

10.00

9.6

(4%)

SpaceQuest

14.6

22.5

54%

Omnisys

24.9

32.3

30%

AAC Space Africa

2.8

Net sales

117.8

136.4

16%

SDaaS

9.2

12.6

36%

Space Missions

37.5

34.2

(9%)

Space Products

69.7

85.8

23%

Licence income

1.4

3.8

172%

Net sales

117.8

136.4

16%

Other operating income

10.0

15.5

54%

Development work capitalised

9.4

15.7

67%

Group income

137.3

167.6

22%

Raw materials & subcontractors

(51.8)

(48.9)

(6%)

Personnel costs

(73.6)

(100.9)

37%

Other external expenses

(20.3)

(31.1)

54%

EBITDA adjusted

(8.3)

(13.3)

60%

Other operating expenses

(4.0)

(5.2)

30%

Acquisition expenses

(1.7)

0.0

(100%)

EBITDA reported

(14.0)

(18.5)

32%

Depreciation and amortisation

(16.7)

(20.28)

22%

EBIT

(30.6)

(38.7)

26%

PBT

(32.9)

(31.6)

(4%)

Net income

(31.2)

(29.1)

(7%)

EPS (SEK)

(0.18)

(0.15)

(17%)

Net cash at period end

108.0

25.0

(77%)

Lease liabilities

(11.3)

(12.1)

4%

Total net financial assets

96.8

12.9

(86%)

Source: Company reports

Of the businesses acquired since the pandemic, Omnisys and SpaceQuest improved Q322 EBITDA contributions. Omnisys generated SEK1.7m (Q321: SEK0.2m) and SpaceQuest SEK2.8m (Q321: SEK1.7m. Hyperion made an EBITDA loss of SEK1.1m (Q321: SEK0.8m profit). The EBITDA loss at Clyde Space was slightly higher at SEK8.0m (Q321: SEK7.5m) following a difficult Q122. performance. AAC Clyde Space in Sweden reduced its EBITDA loss to SEK2.2m in Q322 from SEK5.0m a year earlier, largely because of the royalty payment from York. AAC Space Africa, which commenced operations in Q321, made a Q322 EBITDA loss of SEK0.9m. Overall, the reported EBITDA loss was SEK7.7m compared to a loss of SEK10.0m in Q321.

Key highlights of the first nine months of FY22 (9M22) were:

Group net sales rose 16% to SEK136.4m (9M21: SEK117.8m). SDaaS sales started to accelerate, growing 36% to SEK12.6m, with further new satellites being deployed during Q422. Space Products grew net sales 23% to SEK85.8m (9M21: SEK69.7m), reflecting strong growth at AAC Clyde Space in Sweden and SpaceQuest, as well as the full nine-month contribution from Omnisys. Space Missions’ performance continued to be the main casualty of the supply chain constraints and project deliveries caused by delays from subsystems suppliers, with year to date net sales falling 9% to SEK34.2m (9M21: SEK37.5m) despite a healthy increase in segment sales at SpaceQuest. AAC Space Africa made an initial SEK2.8m contribution.

The 9M22 group EBITDA loss was SEK18.5m (9M21: SEK12.3m before acquisition costs of SEK1.7m), despite the improved Q322 performance. SpaceQuest and Omnisys both increased their contributions to SEK7.0m (9M21: SEK4.9m) and SEK6.8m (9m21: SEK3.7m) respectively. Hyperion made a small EBITDA loss of SEK0.3m (9M21: SEK2.5m profit) and Clyde Space saw its EBITDA loss increase to SEK18.0m (9M21: SEK12.3m). AAC Clyde Space in Sweden saw its EBITDA loss increase modestly to SEK11.6m (9M21 loss: SEK10.8m before acquisition costs of SEK1.7m) despite the increase in licence income. AAC Space Africa made a SEK2.4m EBITDA loss.

The increased EBITDA losses costs largely reflected an increase of SEK27.3m in personnel costs and SEK9.2m in other external costs as the company absorbed the full period addition of Omnisys costs and continued to invest in a larger organisation to deliver the anticipated growth.

The loss before tax of SEK31.6m was a slight reduction on the prior year nine-month loss of SEK32.9m after benefiting from a SEK9.4m improvement in net financial income.

Adjusted net cash (excluding leases) at the end of the period was SEK25.0m compared to SEK96.1m at the start of the year and SEK46.5m at H122. Operating cash outflow was SEK11.4m in Q322 (Q321 inflow of SEK16.4m), largely reflecting higher working capital due to accrued revenues in ongoing projects where project milestones are delayed. With further delays due to launch deferrals into FY23, management is evaluating measures to mitigate potential short-term cash flow effects.

Exhibit 2: AAC Clyde Space net sales split by segment activity (Q322: SEK136.4m)

Exhibit 3: AAC Clyde Space order backlog development (SEK418.6m at Q322)

Source: Company reports

Source: Company reports

Exhibit 2: AAC Clyde Space net sales split by segment activity (Q322: SEK136.4m)

Source: Company reports

Exhibit 3: AAC Clyde Space order backlog development (SEK418.6m at Q322)

Source: Company reports

Outlook and earnings revisions

We remind investors that AAC Clyde Space remains a relatively small company with revenues in US dollars of just over $20m. While these are expected to grow rapidly in the next few years, individual contracts and projects can have a significant impact on revenues, profitability and cash flows, as recent deferrals and delays have highlighted. Management still anticipates sales of SEK500m by FY24 and c SEK2.3bn in FY30. With the positive leverage effects on a relatively fixed cost base, there should be a dramatic improvement in profitability and cash generation as these targets are achieved.

Our confidence in the company’s ambitions is aided by the order backlog, which grew by almost 5% to SEK418.6m during Q322, mainly reflecting strong intake for computers and power systems in Space Products. We noted at H122 that there remained a risk that some project deliveries could slip into FY23 and unfortunately that has happened, largely due to delays by launch providers. Management now expects SEK75m of the backlog to be recognised as revenue in Q422, and thus FY22 revenues to exceed SEK210m. We have reduced our sales expectations by 12% to SEK214.1m from SEK242.6m previously. Our FY22 estimated EBITDA loss increases by 84% to SEK15.3m.

However, the milestone delays should be recovered in H123, primarily at Clyde Space. We have largely maintained our FY23 revenue estimate at the Glasgow unit, reflecting that expectation together with some deferral to high-margin SDaaS revenues due to knock-on delays to satellite commissioning. Overall, we have reduced our sales expectation by 4% to SEK356.7m. Our FY23 EBITDA expectation is 21% lower at SEK25.7m with a slightly reduced margin due to a less favourable business mix resulting from the reduction in SDaaS sales.

Exhibit 4: AAC Clyde Space earnings revisions

Year to December (SEKm)

2022e

2023e

 

Prior

New

% change

Prior

New

% change

By Business

AAC

40.9

49.6

21.2%

77.4

72.3

(6.6%)

Clyde

91.1

56.1

(38.4%)

139.5

130.1

(6.8%)

Hyperion

19.5

14.6

(25.0%)

23.4

19.0

(18.8%)

SpaceQuest

26.9

31.7

17.9%

37.7

41.3

9.4%

Omnisys

59.2

57.0

(3.7%)

74.0

74.1

0.1%

AAC Clyde Africa

5.0

5.0

20.0

20.0

Total group net sales

242.6

214.1

(11.8%)

372.0

356.7

(4.1%)

By activity

SDaaS

30.3

19.0

(37.3%)

70.1

55.0

(21.6%)

Space Missions

83.6

53.7

(35.8%)

112.9

113.6

0.6%

Space Products

126.7

137.7

8.7%

187.0

186.1

(0.4%)

Licence & royalties income

2.0

3.8

88.1%

2.0

2.0

0.0%

Total group net sales

242.6

214.1

(11.8%)

372.0

356.7

(4.1%)

Other operating income

7.3

17.3

137.0%

7.3

7.3

Own work capitalised

23.5

22.5

(4.3%)

37.8

37.2

Total group income

273.4

253.9

(7.1%)

417.0

401.2

(3.8%)

Raw materials & subcontractors

(99.5)

(85.6)

(13.9%)

(156.2)

(149.8)

(4.1%)

Personnel costs

(136.2)

(136.2)

0.0%

(165.0)

(165.0)

0.0%

Other external expenses

(46.1)

(42.4)

(8.0%)

(63.2)

(60.6)

(4.1%)

Other operating expenses

0.0

(5.0)

0.0

0.0

EBITDA (company adjusted)

(8.3)

(15.3)

83.9%

32.5

25.7

(20.9%)

EBIT (Pre-PPA amortisation)

(25.5)

(31.7)

24.4%

12.4

6.0

(51.1%)

Underlying PBT

(21.2)

(24.9)

17.2%

11.5

4.9

(57.1%)

EPS - underlying continuing (SEK)

(0.10)

(0.12)

16.6%

0.05

0.02

(57.3%)

Adjusted net cash/(debt) (excluding leases)

31.5

28.6

(9.0%)

4.6

(3.6)

(178.9%)

Source: Edison Investment Research estimates

Exhibit 5: Financial summary

SEKm

2019

2020

2021

2022e

2023e

Year end 31 December

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

Net sales

 

 

66.4

98.4

180.0

214.1

356.7

Own work capitalised and other operating income

14.1

21.1

30.9

39.8

44.5

Group income

80.6

119.5

210.8

253.9

401.2

EBITDA

 

 

(27.3)

(17.5)

(12.4)

(15.3)

25.7

Operating Profit (before amort. and except).

(32.7)

(22.2)

(21.9)

(24.8)

14.1

Intangible Amortisation

(4.6)

(3.3)

(0.9)

(6.9)

(8.0)

Exceptionals

(2.9)

(12.1)

(15.8)

(10.0)

(10.0)

Other

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Operating Profit

(40.2)

(37.5)

(38.6)

(41.7)

(4.0)

Net Interest

(0.8)

(1.3)

(4.2)

6.9

(1.1)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

(38.2)

(26.7)

(27.0)

(24.9)

4.9

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

(41.0)

(38.8)

(42.8)

(34.9)

(5.1)

Tax

0.5

0.5

3.3

1.7

0.3

Profit After Tax (norm)

(37.8)

(26.4)

(24.9)

(23.6)

4.7

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

(40.6)

(38.3)

(39.5)

(33.1)

(4.8)

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

84.8

102.3

173.8

199.0

204.8

EPS - fully diluted (SEK)

 

 

(0.45)

(0.26)

(0.14)

(0.12)

0.02

EPS - normalised (SEK)

 

 

(0.44)

(0.26)

(0.14)

(0.12)

0.02

EPS - (IFRS) (SEK)

 

 

(0.48)

(0.37)

(0.23)

(0.17)

(0.02)

Dividend per share (SEK)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

EBITDA Margin (%)

-41.1

-17.8

-6.9

-7.2

7.2

Operating Margin (before GW and except.) (%)

-49.3

-22.5

-12.2

-11.6

3.9

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

436.9

523.0

681.0

714.2

727.5

Intangible Assets

418.6

494.3

639.5

663.4

667.6

Tangible Assets

4.1

16.2

26.4

40.2

53.7

Right of use asset

14.2

12.5

15.1

10.6

6.1

Investments

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Current Assets

 

 

108.5

113.3

193.4

124.3

154.6

Stocks

13.1

12.8

13.2

36.4

60.6

Debtors

17.7

9.5

23.0

34.3

57.1

Cash

52.4

62.4

96.1

32.1

8.3

Other

25.2

28.5

61.1

21.5

28.6

Current Liabilities

 

 

(60.5)

(56.1)

(129.2)

(93.1)

(148.6)

Creditors

(60.5)

(56.1)

(128.5)

(93.1)

(136.7)

Short term borrowings

0.0

0.0

(0.6)

0.0

(12.0)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(16.0)

(14.4)

(16.6)

(17.0)

(9.7)

Long term borrowings

(0.8)

(0.3)

0.0

(3.5)

0.0

Lease liabilities

(14.1)

(12.9)

(15.1)

(11.5)

(8.0)

Other long term liabilities

(1.1)

(1.2)

(1.5)

(2.0)

(1.7)

Net Assets

 

 

468.9

565.8

728.6

728.4

723.8

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

(15.3)

(14.6)

(37.3)

(50.4)

10.2

Net Interest

(0.8)

(0.2)

(0.2)

7.8

(0.2)

Tax

0.4

0.4

2.1

1.2

(0.2)

Capex

(13.9)

(17.2)

(29.2)

(26.3)

(43.0)

Acquisitions/disposals

(3.0)

(6.2)

2.6

(32.4)

0.9

Financing

73.3

49.2

94.1

33.3

0.0

Dividends

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Net Cash Flow

40.7

11.4

32.0

(66.8)

(32.3)

Opening net debt/(cash) excluding lease liabilities

(10.9)

(51.6)

(62.2)

(95.5)

(28.6)

HP finance leases initiated

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

0.1

(0.8)

1.3

0.0

0.0

Closing net debt/(cash) excluding lease liabilities

(51.6)

(62.2)

(95.5)

(28.6)

3.6

Net financial liabilities including lease liabilities

(37.5)

(49.3)

(80.4)

(17.1)

11.6

Source: Company reports, Edison Investment Research estimates


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